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's -- look, there is this divide among -- there's even a divide among the culture in the united states senate where you have a johnny isaacson, a bob corkel. >> they say let's vote. >> we're legislators. we're going to be conservative legislators but we're legislators. then you have a new strain of the republican party, this new crowd that's gotten in there that says, no, you know what, government gets too big when it does anything. whatever. legislating is bad, period. >> don't even debate. >> yes. >> it looks to me like the 29, following up on your thought, a lot of these people like mitch mcconnell aren't born right wingers. howard was sit in that chair yesterday, howard fineman. he said all this thing going on with kentucky, whatever's going on, the taping of that meeting and everything was mitch mcconnell coming out screaming bring in the fbi because he wanted to show he was a real right winger and mad at the left. >> he was tough. it has united conservatives around him. conservatives, the enemy of my enemy is my ally. this is survival. the fact of the matter is, chris, he saw what happe
, in the next weeks and next months in this country but most of the united states senators don't give a rat's ass about it. hate to start with that downer but that's the way it is here on the "full court press" this morning. that's mainly what we're going to be talking about and taking your calls about here on this thursday morning. coming to you live from our nation's capital, just down the street from the scene of that cowardly vote yesterday. and take your calls at 1-866-55-press. looking forward to hearing from you and hearing your outrage on twitter at bpshow and on facebook, be our friend on facebook and tell us where the hell we go from here at facebook.com/billpressshow. man, lots to talk about this morning. we're all here. with peter ogborn and dan henning. >> yes sir. >> good morning. >> bill: we come in even on bad days. alichia cruz is here to take your calls. burn up the phone lines this morning. cyprian bowlding will keep us look calm, cool and collected on the video cam. there's news on a lot of different fronts this morning. actually you probably heard overnight. a massive e
in the united states senate once again. the president's answer to rand paul's slur against the family who is have lost loved ones in gun massacres came today in the rose garden. the president's powerful response to rand paul is next. [ lisa ] my name's lisa, and chantix helped me quit. i honestly loved smoking, and i honestly didn't think i would ever quit. [ male announcer ] along with support, chantix (varenicline) is proven to help people quit smoking. it reduces the urge to smoke. it put me at ease that you could smoke on the first week. [ male announcer ] some people had changes in behavior, thinking or mood, hostility, agitation, depressed mood and suicidal thoughts or actions while taking or after stopping chantix. if you notice any of these stop taking chantix and call your doctor right away. tell your doctor about any history of depression or other mental health problems, which could get worse while taking chantix. don't take chantix if you've had a serious allergic or skin reaction to it. if you develop these stop taking chantix and see your doctor right away as some can be life
envelope did reach the office of a united states senator, senator wicker of mississippi. an envelope that was tested not once, not twice but three times and so far proven to be positive for ricin. but authorities say they need more testing. they're sending that letter to maryland where the u.s. government does these kinds of tests for suspicious letters. a lot of nerves frayed as a result of this letter. and now a second letter they have stopped. a suspicious letter similar to the letter sent to senator roger wicker of mississippi addressed to the president of the united states. that letter is now being investigated as well. at the same time we've heard of these evacuations and the freezes, if you will, from various senate office buildings. all of this happening in the aftermath of the boston marathon bombings. so nerves are frayed right now. everyone is on edge as the president of the united states gets ready to come to boston tomorrow to participate in an interfaith memorial service. let's go to the white house, brianna keilar is standing by. brianna, i assume the president, he's a
senator durbin was kind enough to quote and to reference are that in the united states, we have an enormous african community which can be strategically vital as american businesses seek to access these growing opportunities across the continent of africa. we also look to bolster support for agencies that finance u.s. commercial engagement overseas. our competitors, particularly the chinese, have a very different approach to finance and the united states need to better coordinate and align to enact legislation. the goal set in this legislation is a 200% increase is an ambitious goal, a 200% increase in u.s. exports to africa in the necessary ten years. but if we were to accomplish this goal in a cost-effective way through more responsibly coordinating the investments we're already making in these federal agencies that can better coordinate u.s. private-sector efforts, think of how many jobs we might create, think of how many countries we might connect better to the united states, think of how many towns and workplaces across this country would been fit. senator durbin, i just wa
ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. they blocked common sense reforms even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. >> it vowed they would do everything they can to protect americans without congress. he says the 20 children demand it. >> at&t is offered a $250,000 reward for information on what investigators say appears to be a, quote, coridated sabotage in the south bay. >> it happened in the pre dawn hours near the substation south of san jose. authorities said someone went down manholes and cut two definitely sections of a fiber optic line and used a rifle to shoot at the substation. >> data went down, and cameras, surveillance cameras, and then about ten or 15 minutes after that, was the shooting up of the power plant. >> the outage impacted the local 911 emergency lines but there were no reported problems. they say it will take weeks before the substation will be repaired. >> a 22-year-old woman is recovering from surgery. this happened at the home on smally avenue near western. they believe the shots came from the front por
sandy hook have helped achieve a compromise on gun safety in the united states senate. flying is old hat for business travelers. the act of soaring across an ocean in a three-hundred-ton rocket doesn't raise as much as an eyebrow for these veterans of the sky. however, seeing this little beauty over international waters is enough to bring a traveler to tears. we're putting the wonder back into air travel, one innovation at a time. the new american is arriving. >>> what impact did these families specifically, their presence this week, have on your breakthrough? >> i'm a parent, i'm a grandparent. it's this, i'll share. i can't imagine. i can do something. i can do something. >> that was west virginia democratic senator joe manchin trying to answer the question of what the presence of the families from newtown, connecticut in washington this week has meant to his efforts to craft a compromise with republicans on gun safety legislation. today, manchin and republican senator pat toomey announced a bill that would expand the background system to cover all commercial gun sales, included those
they are in a personal sense, and also understanding what they do. >> this is a united states senate youth program sponsored by a famous magazine and newspaper company. what has been the most exciting thing for you? >> yesterday, meeting president obama. when he walked into the room, the energy and excitement and his power was palpable. you could feel it and see it and everyone's eyes. we were worried we would pass out. was amazing. >> what about you? >> president obama is hard to talk. -- top. also, some of the senators we saw. they were fantastic. obama was definitely number 1. >> one more question of you two and we will go to some of the rest. how were you picked to come here? >> from your state, you would start out about a base -- with a basic essay. you fill out an application process, your credentials, resonate, and letters -- resume, and letters. then they deliver it and pick winners. >> my application required a series of essays, teacher recommendations, and an interview in the capital. then they made the selection in early november. >> there is another question you have to give a speech t
children. a few minutes ago, a minority in the united states senate decided it was not worth it. they blocked commonsense gun reform even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. support universal background checks that make it harderwere talking about convicted felons, people convicted of domestic violence, people with severe mental illness. 90% of american support that already the law. a few minutes ago, 90% of democrats in the senate voted for that idea. but it is not going to happen is 90% of republicans in the senate voted against that idea. a majority of senators voted yes to protecting more of our citizens with smarter background checks. minorityis continuing was able to block it from moving forward. i will speak lately and honestly about what happened. the american people are trying to figure out how it didn't happen. we had a democrat and a second amendment with a grades commonsense compromise oni want courage inem for the doing that. it was not easy given their traditional strong support for second amendment rights. as they said, no one could honestly cl
.c., in the united states senate. our chief congressional correspondent, dana bash, has been reporting on the breaking news. a letter apparently laced with the poison ricin was sent to a united states senator. this is a deadly poison, dana. what are you picking up? >> well, we can now report that the senator to whom this letter was addressed is roger wicker, republican senator of mississippi. and we reported this news before most senators even knew that senator wicker had received this letter, which, again, has tested positive three times for the poison ricin. as we were reporting it, there was a meeting of all senators. they're actually getting briefed on the developments in boston. while they were there, they were also told about this letter that went to senator wicker. and what some senators coming out told our congressional producers is the following. first of all, senator mccaskill has said that her understanding coming out of this briefing is there might even be a suspect in custody. the suspect is somebody who according to mccaskill, quo, writes a lot of letters. she also emphas
president obama and a united states senator and tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. there was a further concern earlier today when a report that other suspicious packages led to partial evacuation of a senate office building on capitol hill. let's go to our chief congressional correspondent dana bash. what is the very latest? >> reporter: although these letters did test positive in the initial tests we are still waiting for the formal test that is coming from a lab in fort detrick, maryland not too far from her in washington. terry friedman over at the justice department is reporting we'll not likely get those results until tomorrow. the hope was we would get them this afternoon but it looks like it will push into tomorrow. the other thing that he is reporting is that the fbi insists that there is no arrest imminent or at least that they are unaware of any imminent arrest in this case. despite the fact that we were told starting yesterday by senators coming out of a briefing including senator clair mccaskill of missouri that law enforcement officials had at least a
in the united states senate. i'm the world's worst cleaning lady. i'm here in your home, having a pretty spectacular tuesday. ♪ but i don't notice the loose rug at the top of your stairs. and that's about to become an issue for me. ♪ and if you got the wrong home insurance coverage, my medical bills could get expensive. so get allstate. [ dennis ] good hands. good home. make sure you have the right home protection. talk to an allstate agent. make sure you have the right home protection. we believe it can be the most valuable real estate on earth. ♪ that's why we designed our newest subaru from the back seat forward. introducing the all-new, completely restyled subaru forester. love. it's what makes a subaru, a subaru. >>> what impact did these families specifically, their presence this week, have on your breakthrough? >> i'm a parent, i'm a grandparent. it's this, i'll share. i can't imagine. i can do something. i can do something. >> that was west virginia democratic senator joe manchin trying to answer the question of what the presence of the families from newtown, connecticut in
senate and that leads to the second point. the united states senate is a broken institution. several weeks ago, the vice president of the united states and john lewis stood at the bridge in selma, alabama, commemorating a horrific event there in the 1960s. at that time the united states senate was controlled by democrats. russell long of louisiana and many others. had they been in the united states senate today, had they operated then the way the united states senate operates today, the civil rights legislation of 1964, the voting rights act of 1965 would not have been passed. 50 plus one is a majority. not 60 votes. >> all right. >> you know, mika, i've got to go back to the beginning of this session. there was a lot of talk about filibuster reform. i was out there talking about the need for filibuster reform. for whatever reason, the democrats didn't push. i remember saying it. the day they made the rules to get rid of the filibuster, make 50 plus one pass, if they had made that decision when they set up the senate, then this bill would have passed. i got to say just really quickly
. they really blew it in the united states senate today. it's a shameful death. >> cenk: i don't even watch baseball any more. part of the answer is the nra. joe manchin had an a-rating from the nra. i was surprised he went this far. listen to what he said this morning. >> they're telling members that our legislation i quote criticize the private transfer of firearms by honest citizens. this bill does not even touch--it does not even touch it. >> that's just a lie. if they lose credibility they've lost everything in washington. >> cenk: but that's the part that amuses me. oh, really like if you lose credibility in washington you've lost everything? my guess is if you have the money you haven't lost a thing. and nra had credit ability? but they did burn bridges. they had a lot of people in their pocket, and manchin was one of them. >> don't you think the bridge hurts manchin more than the nra? i feel like the nra came out of here unscathed and it feels like we're worse off than aurora and newtown. there is no sense of hope. before it felt like if we got ourselves together we could do somethi
on the full court press. we are talking about an amazing vote yesterday in the united states senate, defied all of the nay sayers santa republicanssayers, santa republicans joining almost all of the democrats to open debate on the gun safety issue, which has been a prior to for president obama. only two democrats refused to go along. we will get to your call peter on the sorry media. >> on twitter @bpshow. jim wants to know if it's possible the gop senators want to get democrats' vote on the record as the anti-gun or anti-second amendment. >> that premise, that total question is based upon the wrong prem premises. they are not anti-gun. they are not anti-second amendment. just requiring a criminal being check so a criminal can't buy a gun is not anti-gun. get that through your damn thick head. anything else? >> keep tweet he is @bp show. >> let's jump to the phones here donald. this can't be right. baton rouge illinois. >> from baton rouge, louisiana. >> of course. >> that's where it is. it says illinois on my sheet here i'm sorry, donald. i knew that had to b
for the adoption of this amendment, the amendment is not agreed to. >> after the united states senate today decided that the national response to the massacre of first graders in newtown, connecticut, should be nothing, after they voted to filibuster even the bipartisan background check measure that's supported by 90% of americans, after that happened today, president obama did something new. the president almost never responds to specific legislation that's getting voted down, much less responding right after that legislation is voted down, much less making that response in the rose garden of the white house in a formal set of remarks, but today the president responded in the rose garden even while other votes for still happening on subsequent measures on gun reform. the president was joined at the podium by family members of kids who were killed at newtown and other survivors of gun massacres. it was a remarkable sight. it was a remarkable sight in particular to see the father of one of the little boys who was killed at newtown standing himself at the presidential podium with the presidential sea
that was sent to a united states senator. that also is the subject of the investigation by the fbi. and for more information about these matters, i refer you to the fbi. the president i'm sure you'll ask this, the president of course has been briefed on these letters. he was briefed last night and against this morning. secondly, there is obviously a lot of interest in the explosions in boston, and i wanted to make clear, as you heard from the president yesterday, that our hearts and prayers go out to the victims and to their families who were injured. those who were injured as well as killed in this heinous and cowardly act. the full weight of the federal government is behind this investigation, which is being led by the fbi, and as the president said, we will find out who did this, we will find out why, and we will bring those responsible to justice. that said, it is very important that we allow this investigation to run its full course and to ensure that we retain the integrity of that investigation. therefore, on matters related to the investigation, i would direct you to the fbi. as you know
by the united states senate. moments ago, standing with parents from newtown, connecticut, the president railed against the senate. >> so, all in all, this was a pretty shameful day for washington. but this effort is not over. i want to make it clear to the american people, we can still bring about meaningful changes that reduce gun violence so long as the american people don't give up on it. >> pelley: of course, opponents of gun control are elated by the decision, and we will start our coverage with chip reid at the capitol. >> on this vote, the yays are 54, the nays are 46. >> reporter: for supporters of gun control, including vice president joe biden, it was a major defeat. they fell short of the 60 votes needed to adopt an amendment requiring background checks for people who buy guns at gun shows and over the internet. under current law, background checks are required only for sales handled by licensed gun dealers. 60 votes were required because that is what it would take to overcome a republican-led filibuster. all but four republicans opposed the background check amendment. it was a reso
. the environment is not agreed to. >> a few minutes ago, the minority in the united states senate decided it was not worth it. they blocked common sense gun reforms even while the families looked on from the senate gallery. >> a big loss for president obama and big loss from the fam faps from newtown who traveled to washington to lobby lawmakers and they lost on the big amendment that was agreed to by democrat manchin and republican toomey. republicans that voted yes, toomey and kirk and collins from maine and mccain from arizona. democrats who voted no. hicamp from north dakota. prior from arkansas . begas from alaska and baucus and reid. >> at the white house it was technically more bipartisan. even hoe harry reid did vote the way he did. i was struck by the want president's comments just before we went on air when he let loose on with a tirade. now, i don't think it was likely anyway. but the president is not -- and that is the way he attacks today . if you read the president's comments simply on the attack of the fellow red state demdements. it is a searing indictment of them and the
to the american people and to the united states senate through our wonderful chaplain, he basically said it all. we are still reeling from the senseless violence at the boston marathon yesterday. one thing, though, we are united and there's sympathy for the victims of this senseless attacks and the families who are suffering today. the victims. adding to the horror of this tragedy are the questions of who did this and why. the federal bureau of investigation, department of homeland security investigating this attack as aggressively as possible. as the president said last night, rest assured that the perpetrators will feel the full weight of justice for this terrible crime. on the anti-gun legislation before the senate, we're making good progress on the effort to schedule a series of votes to the amendments on the anti-gun legislation before the senate. i've had constructive conversations with my republican counterpart senator mcconnell. the american people deserve to know where we stand on these important antiviolence proposals. there are disagreements, mr. president, as to what we should do wi
not in committing themselves to at least engage in this debate on the floor of the united states senate. what about background checks on the second amendment? the gun lobby argues background checks are unconstitutional, given that justice scalia made it clear in the heller decision on the second and they said basically the second amendment is a personal right to bear arms, not the right of a militia, which it then argued for years. scalia said in that decision laws imposing qualifications on the sale of arms are presumptively lawful. there's no doubt at least in scalia's mind that a background check is consistent with the second amendment. the gun lobby also argues background checks are in effect is. you've heard this argument, how do you? all the law-abiding citizens who live by them, but the criminals won't. nearly 2 million prohibited purchasers have been blocked from buying a gun since background checks went into effect. there is so careless they try to buy a gun anyway. the argument that is why are there so many gun crimes committed? well, because they get done through other means, which is an
in washington that a united states senator got a piece of mail with what appears to be at least initial tests show it was positive for the poison ricin. >> it's very eerie, dana. i know you remember it vividly. you lived through that period in 2001 right after 9/11 when there were those anthrax-laced letters that were sent to members of congress, sent to the news media, sent to others and some of those letters proved to be deadly in the process. and now another poison, ricin, believed to have been sent to one senator, maybe another lawmaker or even others and maybe even to the president of the united states. so we don't know if there's any connection to that. we don't know if there's any connection to what occurred here at the boston marathon on monday, but it is very, very eerie and scary when you think about it. standby for a moment, dana. brianna is standing by at the white house. we're waiting for a briefing over at the white house. we'll of course have all of the latest information. one of our other capitol ker correspondents is getting more information. >> i'm in the heart office buildi
to breaking news we have at this hour. a letter addressed to a united states senator was intercepted, found to contain a deadly poison. the news is still coming in and pierre thomas has all the late-breaking details right now out of washington. pierre? >> tonight the senate is on high alert after a letter bound for one of its members was intercepted because it may have been tainted with poison. sources are telling us tonight a letter addressed to mississippi senator roger wicker tested positive for ricin in a field test in maryland. the letter was post marked memphis, tennessee. tonight there's no information on who may have sent it. ricin is der reiffed from caster beans and can be lethal if ingested or inhaled. field tests to detective it are unreliable. a source tells us the letter is tested again in a laboratory to get a definitive result. the package was intercepted and never reached the capital complex. still, additional security is being put in place. all mail to capitol hill has been stopped. such scares have happened in washington before. in 2004, a letter containing ricin powder s
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, and it has watched connecticut. now the world is watching the united states senate. it is watching the senate to see whether mockers he works. democracy works. to reflectacy work the majority of the united states of america, the majority of our people, who say, we need to do something about the guns? that is what the families said to me that day and in days since and what people in connecticut and across the country have said to their senators. we must do something about gun violence. i remember talking to one of the families that evening and saying, you know, when you are ready, we ought to talk about what we can do to stop gun violence in measures in the united states congress. she said to me, i am ready now. the united states senate must be ready now to act. it must keep faith with those families and victims as the , with benjamin andrew wheeler, age six, his father, david, here today, and andrew -- benjamin is here in spirit when we decide whether we will move forward towards progress. senator blumenthal of connecticut on the floor yesterday. dill tweets in -- let's hear what chris has to
of the united states or this republican senator roger wicker of mississippi, bill? >> bill: mike, thank you. i want to bring in greta van susteren. greta is a lawyer. investigated plenty of crimes. she is in the studio getting ready for "on the record" at 10:00 eastern time. what do you make of the quick movement on behalf of investigators? >> bill, i'm actually not surprise. the man looks a little bit touched. if indeed he is guilty, he did a very serious thing. he threatened the life of a president and of a u.s. senator. i don't know if there are any other letters out there. i'm not underestimating the seriousness of the crime. but the fact that he is hanging around washington. he is known probably to the fbi and the secret service. he signed his note with i am k.c. and i approve this message which is rather bizarre not to mention the signature he used his own initials assuming he is the one. i think it's pretty reasonable to assume that tonight. this is so predictable that they would have found him. he has probably made other contact with law enforcement. i suspect this is someone who has b
in the united states senate, compromise is being offered on something that 92% of the american people agree with. universal background checks. universal background checks to keep guns out of the hands of terrorists. the united states of america is by adam, an ed american al qaeda on the f.b.i.'s most wanted list who taunts america and says this, you can see it on buzz feed, america is absolutely awash with . sily attainable firearms large capacity clips. you can get them even without ny identification. this from the most wanted on the f.b.i. list. we need to vote in the united states congress. if these young children had the courage to go after their assailant, if the teachers stepped in the way to protect, does congress have the will and the courage to stand up and merely do what it was elected to do? cast a vote in both chambers. cast a vote on behalf of the american people. cast a vote on behalf of these children, on behalf of these parents who have come here to besiege the united states its ess only to do responsibility, to do what we .ake the oath of office for 92% of the american people b
. >> a minority in the united states senate decided it wasn't worth it. they blocked common sense gun reforms, even while these families looked on from the senate gallery. >> reporter: wounded arizona congresswoman gabby giffords said the senate ignored the will of the american people. polls showed nearly 90% supported background checks. >>> new details in the case of a former soldier who gunned down two santa cruz police detectives. jeremy goulet shot and killed two officers. now, records show that goulet was allowed to resign from the military rather than face a court-martial on two rape charges. >>> a search is on for two escapees from san francisco's juvenile hall. authorities say the inmates are two boys, ages 12 and 16. they escaped by breaking a small window in their cell, then squeezing through it. somehow they got past the barbed wire fence. they were being held for a probation violation and theft. >>> the ninth circuit court of appeals heard arguments in a lawsuit challenging california's law banning so- called conversion therapy, a psychotherapy technique aimed at helping gay teens
with colleagues to get as much support as we can. i gave a speech on the floor of the united states senate last evening on this issue. talking to individual senators, participating in our caucuses. we had an emotional caucus yesterday. give begin heard was there, senator joe met -- getty giffords was there, senator joe manchin gave a speech. senator tim came from virginia talked about what happened at virginia tech. senator blumenthal talked about his experiences at sandy hook. it was an emotional day. host: here is a media advisory put out by senator dan coats office. be in aenators will press conference to introduce substitute amendment to gun legislation that they say would fix the background check system , provide resources to address mental health and school safety and protect veterans from false health declarations. host: it is an effort to give cover for people voting against gun safety legislation. it will contain the loopholes we currently have in law. the gun show loophole, the internet issues -- they are not resolving his legislation. so, it is a never to say to people who vote for i
there will be 60 votes to have a big debate on gun control on the floor of the united states senate. we'll bring you up to date right here on current tv. this show is about analyzing criticizing, and holding policy to the fire. are you encouraged by what you heard the president say the other night? is this personal or is it political? a lot of my work happens by doing the things that i am given to doing anyway. staying in tough with everything that is going on politically and putting my own nuance on it. not only does senator rubio just care about rich people but somehow he thinks raising the minimum wage is a bad idea for the middle class. but we do care about them, right? vo: the war room tonight at 6 eastern (vo) current tv is the place for compelling true stories. (kaj) jack, how old are you? >> nine. (adam) this is what 27 tons of marijuana looks like. (vo) with award winning documentaries that take you inside the headlines. way inside. (christoff) we're patrolling the area looking for guns, drugs bodies ... (adam) we're going to places where few others are going. [lady] you have to get
week is going to be who runs the united states senate, do the people really run this place or does the nra run it, because 9 out of 10 people should probably be able to get something done here. the nra is going to put their reputation, their mythology on the line, i think this time they are going to lose. >> what do you make of the effort and the forces lined up on the other side of the debate from the nra here? obviously, the families who are the family members of the victims of the newtown massacre in your state are the most potent emotional core of the other side of the nra in this debate, but there's mayors against illegal guns and the group against gun violence and the new moms group that formed after newtown and the gabby giffords and mark kelly effort, the brady campaign, who's been there for so long, this connecticut congressional delegate. how do you assess your own strength being on this side of the fight? >> well, it matters in two respects, one, these families who are down here this week, i'm in awe of them. they are in the middle of grieving and they are coming down to
be filibustered after today in the united states senate." by no means should we rally the american people because we had to go with a full-court press to even go this far. >> that's very true. we see over and over on these eaches t issues that the republicans are responding to a very narrow corner of their base. they are seeking things that the american public are not interested in, does not agree with. but they are going to persist in doing that and just like you said they hear loud and clear from the american people that the direction that they are going in is the wrong direction for america. >> the american people have to be clear on this. it's their rally and it's their moving forward and the president appealing to them that got us on what -- if i would have had this conversation with you senator, after newtown, we would have thought someone was crazy to say we were going to have to fight like this just to get background checks. but here we are getting background checks and trying to make that the beginning of a long walk toward gun safety. >> yeah. and we still need to vote on background che
in the united states senate. >> bill: there is too many guns on the street. >> no, no. this is about mental health. every one of those heinous crimes was carried out by someone who is severely mentally ill. >> bill: right. but they get access to the guns. >> what this administration is doing is the worst. >> bill: but answer my question here. >> sure. >> bill: if you require firearms registration. >> right? >> right. >> therefore, the criminal doesn't register. >> um-huh. >> because they wouldn't. right? >> okay. >> the criminal wouldn't. >> okay. >> and they grab them either state, local, no matter, what or federal. you slap a 10 year mandatory on them. >> um. >>um that would control bad guys from getting guns. >> let's take the example then. let's apply your here to adam lanza and sandy hook. he didn't have those guns registered. his mother did. >> bill: right. >> he walks in and kills. >> could not stop it. >> could not stop it. >> and there would be not one of us would feel any better. >> bill: you could stop it in chicago with that little 15-year-old girl getting gunned down. >> how? >
is something the senate almost never does before. here your illustrious united states senators are overcoming a filibuster to begin debate on a gun package today. to appreciate how crazy the filibuster was in practice, this was not a filibust over the bill, a filibuster of debating the bill. remarkably routine. what was remarkable was that the filibuster failed on the strength of support of most of the democrats and 16 republicans. only two democrats joined by 29 republicans in trying to block the debate, arkansas's mark pryor and alaska's mark begich. a deal was worked out between democrat joe manchin and republican pat toomey on expanding background checks. joe manchin, who is a gun positive democrat from west virginia with an a rating from the nra has been looking to make a deal like this for months, ever since the massacre of sandy hook elementary school in december. he made it clear he wanted to work on gun safety not from republicans in the aisle but in the room at the negotiating table. he was pretty optimistic the nra would cooperate. >> i want to call our friends at nra and bring the
states senate. >> reporter: who recorded mitch mccontinue talking with senate staff during a strategy session in their office on february 2nd and who leaked the tape to the liberal magazine mother jones which published portions of it on tuesday, they have questioned two men. one is shawn riley an activist here is attending the convention as a delegate. another is official from jefferson county. conway told fox news that riley the founder of a local super pac and reputed associate curtis morrison had bragged about making the recording within a day after the conversation had occurred. >> they directly admitted to you they tape-recorded senator mcconnell and campaign aides in those campaign headquarters? >> they told me they were there. they told me they were in the hallway. they had a recording. you can draw your own conclusions. >> at the time, conway said he hadn't spoken to f.b.i. but by the evening they changed. >> they overheard the conversation and so offended by the disgusting conversation that was taking place, they decided to report it. i told the f.b.i. everything i told you,
sends poison to a united states senator is on some level a crazy person, so once you're crazy you've opened it up to any number of possibilities. >> the net widens once you've stipulated somebody is crazy could be crazy on any level for any reason. if it's a political statement or statement of any kind that's supposed to correspond with another statement with this loose n.r.a. tie, if you want to buy into that, but in any case, there's no specificity at all about this bombing. this is just an act of terrorism that appears random, nobody is taking credit for it. thus far, there are no clues. if it's intended to be a statement of some kind, the statement is. cenk: lost on us. >> exactly a blur. cenk: that's interesting because now everybody is speculating. again, i don't blame them, because everybody's curious about it. some i blame, glenn beck with his insane theory which of course it had to be the muslims because they kill in sents. he didn't say right wing, but when nationalists americans do it they target non-innocents? is that a defense of the right wing terrorism? where did yo
-laced letters sent to rebound and a united states senator. the 45-year-old paul curtis is cooperating with authorities. the f.b.i. says both letters were signed by "kc" and contained ricin. >> the wife of an ex-judge has confessed to her role in the death of prosecutors in texas and accused her husband of being the triggerman and is held on $10 million bail and charged in connection with the shooting death of the d.a. and his wife and assistant prosecutor. eric williams has not been charged. >> millions of homeowners struggling with foreclosure are receiving checks to settle a $3.6 billion lawsuit against major banks. however, after all of their struggles, many of the checks bounced. 4.4 million homeowners will receive refunds. a settlement was reached with 13 companies last year. the checks just started going out to homeowners but now many say their banks would not cash them. federal regulators did not identify the problem but they said it has been fixed now and folks can cash the checks. so far, 50,000 homeowners have received payments ranging from $300 to $125,000 each. >> paying c
been laced in a letter delivered to a united states senator. and now a similar letter delivered to the president of the united states. the president was never close to that letter. it was intercepted at a location where they screen all packages and letters going to the white house. very similar to the letter laced -- apparently laced with ricin at least according to preliminary tests. there will be more tests sent to roger wicker, the republican of mississippi. now they're looking at all sorts of other letters that may have been sent as well, suspicious letters. let's go to brianna keilar, our white house correspondent for an update first of all on the letter sent to the president. what can you tell us? the fbi is now in charge of this investigation, brianna. >> the fbi is now in charge of this investigation, wolf. and they are saying that at least preliminarily a letter that was sent to president obama and received on tuesday at an offsite mail facility has tested positive for ricin. when mail goes to the white house, it doesn't actually go to the white house first. it does go
's no ambivalence in the united states senate on the gun issue. everybody in the senate has had to deal with it in their career, it's a debate that needs to take place and to slow or dpoer stall the debate depart make any sense to me. >> congressman, senator, i've got you, i remember covering you as a congressman. senator, i want to ask you one other thing quickly about the senate race, your colleague, saxby chambliss is retiring, are you going to endorse somebody in that race? >> the reason they have primaries is so the people of georgia who want to vote, can pick who the nominee of the republican party is going to be. i'm not going to try to play king maker i'm going to let the people of georgia make that decision. i'm going to miss my dear friend saxby, we've been friends since we entered the university of georgia 51 years ago. he's done a fantastic job, georgia is going to miss him. >> senator johnny isaacson of georgia, thank you for taking the time. >>> next, following the money trail. a look at the money and the methods being used to oppose immigration reform. this is "andrea mit
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